April 18, 2017
COM 224 town hall class focuses on changing environment
Honeybees, turtles, electricity and safe water dominated the town hall meeting presented by the Foundations of Journalism and Promotional Communication class Thursday, March 30.
The class, taught by Dr. Edward Horowitz Ph.D., focused its attention on changing the environment and consisted of groups of students who put together presentations about ways they could start helping the environment locally. Three groups out of the class were selected to present their projects at the town hall.
The first group, exploring saving honey bees, noted that 30 percent of all food and 90 percent of all plants rely on bees. The group proposed that the community plant more wildflowers around the neighborhood and stop using pesticides.
Another group focused on increasing solar energy and decreasing the overall amount of power consumers’ use. The group will be having a “lights out” event April 22 when they ask students, family and friends to turn out all of their lights for a short period of time to show what something as simple as turning out a light can do for the environment.
The final group had a plan to save the Blanding’s turtle, which is a turtle that only exists in a few Midwestern states, including Ohio. Recently, the turtles have become endangered because people take them for pets and roads and buildings have taken over their habitat. The group hoped to promote awareness about the turtles and show that they should not be used as pets.
The event’s keynote speaker was Jean Smith from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District who spoke about its role in keeping Northeast Ohio’s water supply clean and accessible to its residents.
Julian Rogers, the director of Civic Engagement, also spoke at the event as a representative of his office who partnered with Dr. Horowitz for this event.
Rogers said he believes that these types of events are the best way to promote engagement on campus, and he hoped that more professors follow in Horowitz’s footsteps and hold more interactive events that are open to the public.
“All of the skills that [students] are supposed to be getting through this course, they’re actually learning,” Rogers said, “and it is being reinforced here, and they have an opportunity to share that with the public what they’ve learned. The goal of our office is to get students and faculty more engaged, so this event definitely supports that mission.”
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